Posted by Bob Adkins on May 6, 2004, 1:01 pm
On Wed, 05 May 2004 04:23:48 GMT, "RamRod Sword of Baal"
The better motors are B&S Intek, Tecumseh, Honda, and Robin (Subaru). Can't
go wrong with any of them.
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Posted by whiplash on May 8, 2004, 1:08 pm
If you are doing any kind of serious mowing for making money avoid both.
Buy a Kubota diesel with the biggest deck you can afford. If you have hilly
terrain buy 4WD. A used unit will outlast the BS and T units. Both
manufacture light duty consumer class engines that won't last more than 1
hour a week.
Posted by mikell on May 8, 2004, 1:29 pm
My .02 I have both in push mowers. the Tecumseh gets about twice the time on
a comparable amount of fuel. they are both 10+ years old though.
Posted by Harry Chickpea on May 8, 2004, 4:52 pm
Heh, since it can take me three hours and a couple of tanks of gas to mow my
lawn using a self-propelled mower with a B&S engine and I do it in a single
day, I guess I should figure myself darn lucky. :-)
When I was about twelve years old, my dad bought a Sears riding mower that had
a 5 hp B&S engine. We used it to mow, haul clay out of our cellar excavation,
and run a sweeper. About three or four years into the life of the mower, it
was beginning to act up, so I completely disassembled it and the engine,
cleaned out the crud, then reassembled and painted it. It worked for us for
another couple of years until my dad decided to get a John Deere tractor. The
mower was sold to a fellow who weighed at least 350 lbs, and he used it for at
least another five years.
In reality, the riding mower was a better choice for the lawn than the tractor.
It turned more easily, and the little balloon tires didn't damage the grass as
much as the bigger tractor tires with their cleats. Equipment does need to be
sized to the job. An oversized unit can be a worse choice than a slightly
undersized one. The goal is to get the job done, not have the biggest baddest
toy on the block.
Posted by BoDiddly on May 10, 2004, 2:22 pm
I've used all of the above. My B&S's usually gave up their ghosts after
about 4 years, beginning with hard starts, overheating, etc.
Sears riding mowers are too light duty for anything. Buy 2 if you go that
route, 1 for spare parts...
Have run a Kubota deisel for 20+ years now and switched the 3 P.H. mower
once. The first deck was a "lighter duty" 60" woods brand and I will never
go back. Gear box blew up after 8 years. Switched to 72" Land Pride and
have been happy since. Much heavier construction, all greasable bearings,
pnematic tires,...12 years old and going strong.